The project to revamp downtown São Paulo

anhangabau The project to revamp downtown São Paulo

When elected officials announce new, grandiose projects, São Paulo residents know better than to get excited right away. After all, delays and hiccups are part of public works in Brazil. The metro line connecting the city center to Guarulhos International Airport was promised for the 2014 World Cup—but only opened when Brazil was taking the field as the World Cup in Russia, four years later. So, when the mayor’s office announced a project to revitalize the iconic Vale do Anhanbagaú, few people batted an eyelid.

But City Hall seems to be more committed to its project, which is the largest...

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